The 2023 CSU Student Research Competition (SRC) will be held Friday April 28 and Saturday, April 29 at San Diego State University

The California State University Systemwide Student Research Competition is an annual event that brings together scholars from the 23 campuses of our California State University system. The competition showcases undergraduate and graduate research, scholarship, and creative works by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments. Undergraduate and graduate student participants from all disciplines are judged by experts for their oral presentations and written abstracts. Students who compete in the CSU Student Research Competition can win $500 for first place and $250 for second place recognition in their session.

CSUCI students are encouraged to submit a 5-page research summary to present at this year's CSU Student Research Competition (SRC). This event is the premiere showcase for student research in the CSU. Undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at any CSU campus and alumni/alumnae who received their degrees in spring, summer or fall 2022 are eligible to participate in the SRC. Each CSU campus is allowed up to 10 projects.

To participate, students must submit a five-page research summary by Sunday, March 5, 2023. See the submission guidelines below. 

Please submit your research summary here.

CSU Student Research Competition 2023 Timeline

  • March 5, 2023: complete research summaries are due
  • March 9, 2022: student selections are announced
  • Students revise summaries after consulting the Multiliteracy and Writing Center (WMC)
  • March 17, 2023: Each student registers (if their submission is accepted)
  • April 2023: students prepare oral presentations
  • April 28 & April 29, CSU Student Research Competition takes place at San Diego State.

Submission Guidelines

Students must submit a five-page research summary. The format of the summary is prescribed by the SRC.

The research summary must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • It is limited to 5 pages of text, double-spaced.
  • 3 additional pages are allowed for a bibliography, figures, tables, and/or graphics
  • Student authors should keep in mind that they are writing for an interdisciplinary audience

If we receive more than 10 CI student submissions, a group of interdisciplinary faculty will review and score the research summaries. Selection will be made on the quality of the summary and with efforts to ensure a contingent of student projects that is broadly representative of academic disciplines.

Disciplinary Categories

  • Behavioral, Social Sciences, and Public Administration
  • Biological and Agricultural Sciences
  • Business, Economics, and Hospitality Management
  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Education
  • Engineering and Computer Science
  • Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences
  • Humanities and Letters
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences


Student presenters will have ten minutes for an oral presentation of their work and five minutes to listen and respond to juror and audience questions. All entrants may use audiovisual materials as appropriate, and presenters are encouraged to use delivery techniques that promote interaction with the audience. Entrants in the Creative Arts and Design category may present an audio and/or visual recording of a performance they have given or a work they have created. Their oral presentation should focus on the rationale and historical context underlying their interpretation of the material.

Each entry (oral presentation plus written summary) will be judged on the following:

  • Clarity of purpose
  • Appropriateness of methodology
  • Interpretation of results
  • Value of the research or creative activity
  • Ability of the presenter to articulate the research or creative activity
  • Organization of the material presented
  • Presenter’s ability to handle questions from the jury and general audience

See the full scoring rubric that will be used by CSU Competition Judges.


More information about the overall competition can be found at the 2023 CSU Student Research
Competition website. Additional questions related to the CI Student submission and selection process should be directed to the

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